Aung San Suu Kyi:
Her words strike the tone of what is to follow; establishing the structure, purpose and goals of what is hoped will be achieved. References’ to the United Nations and the “international Year of Tolerance” give added authority to what is being said. It provides an international context for the issues being raised and greater sense of urgency for what is being advocated, Aung San also effectively uses her “own experience” in campaigning for human rights and power sharing in Burma, to “emphasize the positive aspect of tolerance.” The speaker establishes her purpose in the opening paragraph, “ I want to try and vice some of the common hopes which firmly unite us in all our splendid diversity.” This is reference to “common hopes” acknowledges the collaborative entity of this conference, described as “the greatest concourse of women.” Unity is evident in her use of inclusive language “us” and “our” which reinforces that she is there as a spokesperson of note. The female audience is acknowledged by her humor “joined by a few brave men”.
Her goal goes beyond just national boundaries however for she also wants to secure “freedom from want and freedom from war” in order to alleviate the evils of “sexual slavery”, “constant humiliation and ill-treatment”.
Positive connotations are used to describe tolerance as representing “broad-mindedness and vision” predicated on a confidence that enables “new challenges” to be met without the need for either “intransigence or violence.”
Aung San is arguing for female equality in terms of justified inclusion rather than any over overthrown of current male dominance, societal transformation rather than evolution. She emphasizes that even where “the home is the domain of the woman” there is no security to ensure that she can consider the home as a “haven” or a refuge where she can “be safe and unmolested”. [this can refer to aboriginal land, how it is used against them also] Peace is a key goal, but the...
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